THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Abimelech desires Sarah, who is preserved by the Lord—Abraham prays for Abimelech, and the Lord blesses him and his household.
Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and aShur
, and sojourned in bGerar
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is
my sister: and aAbimelech
king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but
a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is
a man’s wife.
But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also aa
Said he not unto me, She is
? and she, even she herself said, He is
: in the cintegrity
of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
Now therefore restore the man his
wife; for he is
a prophet, and he shall apray
for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her
not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are
Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou bdone
unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast cdone
deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the afear
of God is
not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
And yet indeed she is
; she is
the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
And it came to pass, when God caused me to awander
from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is
which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is
And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
And Abimelech said, Behold, my aland is
before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy abrother
a thousand pieces
of silver: behold, he is
to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are
with thee, and with all other:
thus she was reproved.
¶ So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
For the Lord
had fast aclosed
up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.